The unique demands of the body as far as food is concerned
The system which is regulating the feeding behaviors of people such as their appetite is very complex. Several systems are involved such as the brain and several peripheral organs. Between those organs, there are many neural pathways which have to be connected in a certain way. Extensive research into all of these matters seems to suggest that the bodies endogenous endocannabinoid is one of the primary role players when it comes to announcing rewarding events such as eating. In one study researchers made use of positron emission tomography in an attempt to better investigate the position of the endocannabinoid system in the brain. As subjects, they have used 30 women with bulimia and anorexia and all of the results which have been obtained in this way was then compared to a control group consisting of a normal woman in the same age group. They made an interesting discovery that the marijuana-like neurotransmitter system in the human brain does not function as effectively in those women with bulimia or anorexia. Apparently, that part art of the brain which is responsible for that important link between food and human emotional response to eating simply do not function effectively. The irony is that those humans simply could never fully experience the pleasure normally associated with food. It was discovered that they have developed incorrect responses and rituals to that food. Many other eating disorders are also linked to this part of the brain which is known as the insula.
Having a working insula
Those people without bulimia or anorexia are able to incorporate the varied sensory aspects of food such as flavor, texture and taste and also their particular level of being hungry. These people will then also respond to the rewarding properties of having eaten that food. Research has shown that the insula is able to process information which is based on a wide range of sensations which will provide an accurate indication of how we feel. This would include things such as temperature, stomach pH, pain, how we feel, sensual touch and intestinal tension. All of these feelings combine to provide an overall sense of the current state of the body. The insula, therefore, performs several interesting functions. It is in the insula where we experience emotions after we have eaten and also where the thoughts originate that we need to eat. We know that our brain‘s endocannabinoid system is normally responsible to control the amount of pleasure that is derived from various sensory experiences. This is why we are motivated to repeatedly experience certain things. In those people who have an obsessive interest in food and also have a negative emotional response to food is the people who were suffering from a dysfunction in the brain as far as the endocannabinoid system is concerned. New research and other emerging information can help individuals and healthcare professionals to redefined the kind of medications which might be able to help to deal with the symptoms associated with bulimia and anorexia.